One thing that is true about life – it comes with its share of storms! And they always seem to hit when least expected. You may be coming out of one or perhaps you’re in the middle of one right now. Regardless, when you face life’s tornados, you need to know that Jesus is with you.
Storms don’t define you; they are reminders that life is not meant to be lived alone. We have a heavenly Father who desires for us to spend time with Him. Go to Him – give Him your burdens, He can handle it.
Just think about your own children, picture them coming and asking you for help during a difficult time in their lives. Would you want to fix it? Would you want them to listen to your advice? Of course, you would, you are their parent who loves them tremendously, who is observing what is ahead of them, and guiding them in hopes they make a wise choice. The same is true for us.
In Mark 6:45, Jesus sends the disciples ahead of him to Bathsaida while He goes off to pray. Picking up in Mark 6:47-48, “Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and He was alone on land. He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake.”
Not what I had planned
It wasn’t a long trip by boat, but notice how the disciples found themselves in a dangerous storm. And when Jesus saw them struggling against the wind in the middle of the lake, He walked across the water, through the storm and came to their aid.
Perhaps your life today is not what you envisioned it to be in your job, your family or your finances. You’ve been blown off course by a situation you couldn’t control, and you have lost hope of getting to your original destination.
All you want is to get back to safety. But you might also be wondering, can I get through this? This is where the story is so encouraging.
How to make it through
Notice what Jesus does when the disciples were in a moment of desperation.
Looking at Mark 6:48, Jesus walked across the water to help them. He didn’t stand on the shore and shout instructions.
When you’re in a storm, you don’t need advice. You need a miracle! You need somebody to show up – and this is exactly what Jesus did – He intervened in the disciples’ storm.
How do you stay faithful when you’re in the middle of a storm and you feel like giving up? You exercise your faith! Because faith is like a muscle that you strengthen and develop.
God doesn’t stand on the shoreline telling you what to do. He comes out and meets you in your pain, your fear, your depression, your storm, and your discouragement. He is there with you in the midst of every storm; you just need to see Him through the eyes of faith.